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Curriculum Theory and Methods

ISBN-10: 0470837748

ISBN-13: 9780470837740

Edition: 2007

Authors: Wendy Frood Auger, Sharon J. Rich, Langford

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Written for use in pre-service and in-service curriculum courses, this text provides a balanced and engaging overview of how curriculum and developmental theories help inform the practical needs of the teacher. Authors Wendy Frood Auger and Sharon J. Rich help you build a critical appreciation of the subtleties of the learning process and the factors that influence the development of students? understanding. The strong pedagogical design provides practical resources as well as a framework that encourages self-reflection as a model for professional growth. Hallmark Features Personal Stories provide engaging stories that demonstrate how theories can be implemented in the classroom. Reflective Practice activities focus on professional development and highlight the practical implementation of theoretical concepts. Chapter Activities encourage the reader to reflect on the textual material and to make further connections as to how theory informs practice. Running Glossary highlights and defines Key Terms as they appear in the text, enabling quick access, full understanding of terms, and ease of reading.
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Book details

List price: $71.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/11/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 424
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.694

Children And Learning: How Does It Happen?
Learning & Teaching: Charting The Course
The Shift from Behaviourism to Cognitivism to Constructivism
Cognitive Development
Off to School
The Importance of Experience in Cognitive Development
Key Aspects of Cognitive Development
Major Theorists
John Dewey
Jean Piaget
Piaget's Stages of Cognitive Development
Social Cognition And Social Constructivism
Lev Vygotsky
The Theory Of Multiple Intelligences
Howard Gardner
Emotional Development
Daniel Goleman
Physical Development
Physical Development in Younger Children
Physical Development in the Primary Grades
Physical Development in the Junior and Intermediate Grades
Summary
Constructivism: Making Connections, Risk-Taking, and Other Sundry Bits
What is Constructivism?
Bruner Thinks About Thinking
How Children Construct Knowledge
Educating the Whole Child
Examining the 3 Cs: A Rationale for Teaching the Whole Child
Incorporating Students' Interests into Learning
The Reggio Emilia Approach
Setting the Stage for Using Prediction: Adaptation Revisited
Adaptation in Action: The Prediction Learning Cycle
Summary of How the Prediction Learning Process Works
The Importance of Risk-taking
The Serious Business Of Play
Key Characteristics of Play
Play: Is It a Valuable and Viable Part of Learning?
How Children Use Play
Play and Older Students
Piaget's Stages Revisited
Organizing the Constructivist Classroom and the Role of the Teacher in Constructivism
Summary
Autonomy: A Self-Starter is Born
Invitational Learning
Autonomy
Moral Autonomy ("Free will")
Intellectual Autonomy ("Free choice")
Practical Applications of Autonomous Teaching
Autonomy and Play
Self-Concept & Self-Esteem
Self-Esteem
Creating An Atmosphere For Learning
Summary
The Brain In A Plain Brown Wrapper: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Brain and Might Be Afraid to Ask
The Human Brain
Key Brain Structures
How a Message is Transmitted
Brain Development in Young Children
The Role of Activity in Brain Growth and Development
If You Don't Use It, You'll Lose It
Novelty, Laughter, & Learning
"Food" for Thought
Hemispheric Specialization
How the Hemispheres of the Brain Work
Adaptability and Flexibility
Important Considerations for Learning
Cognitive Theory and the Human Brain
Learning Is an Active Process
Learning Is Non-linear
Learning Is Multi-dimensional
Learning Is Set Within a Social Context
Learning Is Influenced by the Affective Domain
Learning Is Concerned with Cognition and Metacognition
Attention and the Brain
Summary: Developing the Brain-Compatible Classroom
Creating The Road Map For Teaching & Learning
Planning: The Itinerary
Getting Started: The "How People Learn" Framework
Knowledge
Students
Communities
Evidence
Planning to Account for Knowledge, Student, Community, and Evidence
Getting Started
Theme Planning
Planning for Centres: Is It Necessary?
Professional Planning
Summary
Starting With What You Have: Organizing Time, Space, and Materials
Starting with the School: Design Principles
So What? Classroom Design
Primary and Upper Elementary Classroom Organization: The Same or Different
Matching Classroom Design and Teaching Philosophy
Classroom Decoration? Yours, Mine, and Ours
Storage: Things to Think About
What Will You Do All Day? Thinking Through the Timetable
Biological Issues
Subject and Division Issues
Organizing Units
Daily Schedules
Time Management
Managing Resources
Centres in the Classroom
Summary
Strategies For Teaching: The Teacher's Tool Kit
Teaching Strategies
Personal Attitude and Management Skills
Classroom Management
Questioning Skills
Organization Strategies
Cooperative Learning
The Integrated Day Approach
Rationale for Using the Integrated Day
Plan Sheets: A Method of Planning, Implementing, Adjusting, and Tracking in the Integrated Day
Benefits of the Integrated Day Approach
Summary
The Curriculum: Organizing Pieces of the Puzzle
Views of Curriculum
Curriculum: A Contested Arena
Curriculum Control in Canada
Curriculum Development and Implementation
Curriculum Mapping for the Classroom Teacher
Subject Matter: Does It Matter? (Or should there be content-free curriculum)
A Current Curriculum Issue: Does One Size Fit All?
Student Engagement and Alternative Curriculum Approaches
Problem- or Project-based Learning
Integration Across the Curriculum
Curriculum Orientation
Summary
Assessment And Evaluation: The Glass is Half Full
Assessment: The Context of Public Accountability
Principles of Authentic Accountability
Testing, Testing, and More Testing: Children, Tests, and Teacher Expectations
Evaluation and Assessment: The Same or Different?
Authentic Assessment: What Is It?
Strategies for Assessment
Data, Data, and More Data: Answering the "So What?" Question
Teacher Performance Appraisals
Summary
Enhancing Children's Thinking
Adjusting The Program: One Size Does Not Fit All
What is Diversity?
Cultural and Linguistic Diversity
Maintaining and Fostering Socio-cultural Awareness
Multiliteracy Pedagogy: An Overview
Valuing Cultural and Linguistic Diversity
Another Form of Diversity: The Special Needs Student
Inclusive Pedagogy
Diversity, Engagement, and Student Achievement
Summary
Enrichment: Letting the Genie Out of the Bottle
The Process of Thinking
Creative Thinking
Creativity and the Arts
How Teachers Can Foster Creativity
Critical Thinking
Problem Solving
Encouraging Thinking & Promoting Metacognition
How Teachers Can Facilitate Metacognition
The Importance of Thinking Skills
Thinking Skills Revisits Questioning
Graphic Organizers
Mind Mapping
Making Connections
Summary
Looking At The Big Picture
Establishing Balance: Putting It Together
Begin at the Beginning: What Makes a Good Teacher
Becoming a Co-Learner: Assuming a Critically Reflective Stance
A Learning Community: What Is It?
Action Research as a Means to Understand Teaching
Parents, Teachers, and Schools: Partners?
Getting to Know Parents: What to Do?
Preparing to Meet Parents: First Impressions Matter
Understanding Performance Appraisal: Teacher Evaluation
Self Evaluation
The Creation of the Context for Sharing: No More Boundaries
Summary: Finding Balance-Taking Care of the Self
Closing Thoughts: "This Way to the Egress!"
Alphabet Soup�
The 3 Rs
What is Effective Teaching?
Professional Learning Communities
Learning with Colleagues
Benefits of Participation in a Professional Learning Community
Moral Development
Character Education
The Only Constant is Change
Educational Reform and Leadership
Initiatives in Teacher Education
The ABC's of Beginning Teaching
Final Inspirational Thoughts: A Credo for Children
Summary